Monday, 21 April 2014

Deaths of Two Fighters


The man known as ‘The Hurricane’ has just died. He was a professional boxer. I have no interest at all in sport, but this was a special case: just at the time his career seemed set to take him to the top of his profession, The Hurricane was fitted up for a murder or murders he didn’t commit. He spent nineteen years in prison before an international campaign, including a famous song written specially by Bob Dylan, prompted the authorities to re-examine the case and release the chap. This happened in America. No prizes for guessing the colour of The Hurricane’s skin.

And on this day in 1918 Baron von Richthoven, the ‘Red Baron’, Germany’s most famous fighter pilot, leader of a squadron known as 'von Richthoven's Flying Circus', was finally shot down and killed.

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